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the President 

to His Excellency the 
Governor of the Com- 
monwealth of Ohio 




President of Miami University 




Governor of the Commonwealth of Ohio. 

Columbus, Ohio: 

F. J. Heer, State Printer. 


Digitized by the Internet Archive 
in 2013 


To His Excellency, Honorable Andrew L. Harris, Governor of Ohio, 


My Dear Sir : — In accordance with law, I have the honor to sub- 
mit to you the eighty-third annual report of Miami University, to which 
is hereto attached the report of the Secretary of the Board of Trustees. 

This Institution had its origin in an Act of Congress, passed May 
5th, 1792, which provided for the establishment of an institution of higher 
learning in the John Cleves Symmes purchase. By a subsequent Act of 
Congress, passed March 14th, 1803, the Legislature of Ohio was author- 
ized to enter one complete township west of the Big Miami, in lieu of 
the original township within the Symmes purchase, and the trust was 
vested in the Legislature of Ohio to be held forever for the purposes of 
education, as set forth in the several articles, and for no other purpose 
whatsoever. Six weeks later, the State of Ohio, on April 15th, 1803, in 
accepting the trust from the Federal Government, passed an article en- 
titled : "An Act to Provide for the Locating of a College Township in 
the District of Cincinnati." Under this act, the lands of Miami University 
were Located February 17, 1809, and the Legislature of Ohio passed an 
Act entitled : "An Act to establish Miami University." A commission of 
three had been appointed to locate the institution. This commission re- 
ported to the Legislature, recommending that the University be located 
at Lebanon, in Warren County. The General Assembly refused to ac- 
cept this report of its commission, and, taking the matter into its own 
hands, designated Oxford Township, in Butler County, as the seat of the 
institution about to be established ; and the President and the Board of 
Trustees were constituted a body politic and corporate. From that day 
to this, Miami University has been controlled by the State of Ohio. For 
nearly fifty years its trustees were appointed by the Legislature, since 
which time, these officials have been appointed* by the Governor of the 
State of Ohio, by and with the consent and advice of the State Senate. 

Miami University is one of the oldest state universities in America 
and has made invaluable contribution to the civilization of the common- 
wealth and the republic. It is difficult to conceive of a better location for 
an institution of higher learning. With the single exception of the city 
University of Cincinnati, Miami Universiay is quite alone as an institution 
of higher learning in Southwestern Ohio. To the south and east of us 
are the great manufacturing sections and numerous prosperous cities; 
while to the north of us are the rich farming sections of the Great Miami 



Valley. Miami University thus brings to the front doors of the sons 
and daughters of the laborers, the farmers, the manufacturers, and the 
professional people of this unrivalled section of our state practically their 
only opportunity for a higher education. The representatives in our 
student body of these different classes, all fired with the same lofty am- 
bition, are a levelling influence, one upon the other, that will do much in 
the formation of the virile democratic spirit in the years to come. 

For nearly a century, with very meagre support from the State of 
Ohio, Miami University has been doing its great work, and the year just 
passed shows that the Institution has been more largely patronized than 
ever before by young people seeking the education it offers. The total 
attendance, representing nearly every section of the State, for the cata- 
logue year ending February 28th, 1907, was one thousand, one hundred 
and forty-nine. The Ohio State Normal College, during the regular and 
summer sessions, has given to those engaged in the great work of teach- 
ing our children in the public schools, the advantages of advanced pro- 
fessional training, the value of which can hardly be overestimated. 

With these increasing numbers, comes' the demand for increased fa- 
cilities to carry forward our work. By an act of the General Assem- 
bly, passed in 1906, an educational policy was established in Ohio, pro- 
viding for the continued maintenance of Miami University as a College 
of Liberal Arts, and as a Normal College. By the provisions of this act, 
the College of Liberal Arts is guaranteed an income for maintenance of 
two and one-half hundredths of a mill on the tax duplicate of the State of 
Ohio, and the Normal College is granted similarly one one-hundreth 
of a mill for its support. This act further provides that nothing in this 
action shall be construed as preventing our Normal. College "from se- 
curing such additional appropriations as the General Assembly in its 
wisdom may deem fit to make from time to time for the support, main- 
tenance, and equipment of said Normal School." Another provision of 
this act declares, in reference to the College of Liberal Arts, that "this 
shall not be so construed as to prevent such appropriations by the Gen- 
eral Assembly from time to time, as may be necessary, for apparatus for 
university purposes, exclusive of buildings." It is clear, therefore that 
the College of Liberal Arts, under this new law, can not ask the General 
Assembly for new buildings, but that it is allowed the privilege of call- 
ing on this body for. such appropriations as may be needed to purchase 
apparatus, and apparatus, on the authority of Webster's International 
Dictionary are "things provided as means to some end." It is fair to 
conclude, therefore, that whatever is needed aside from new buildings, 
in addition to the amount realized by the tax levy, to provide the neces- 
sary facilities for properly prosecuting the work of the College of Lib- 
oral Arts may be legitimately requested of our law-makers. The Normal 
College has no restriction whatever placed upon it, either in the grant- 
ing of now buildings or of support. 


A very modest estimate of our needs, in addition to the amount af- 
forded the Institution under the tax levy, are the following: 

1. Furniture $5,000 00 

2. Library Books and Supplies 5,000 00 

3. x Department of Physics 1,000 00 

4. Department of Chemistry. 2 ,500 00 

5. Department of Biology 500 00 

6. Department of Botany and Bacteriology 1,000 00 

7. Care of Grounds and Buildings 4,500 00 

8. Maintenance of the Normal College 28,000 00 

9. Normal College Building 150,000 00 

10. Normal College Dormitory 75,000 00 

11. Sewage Connections 10,000 00 

$282,500 00 

There will hardly be any question as to the first seven items in these 
requirements, which are for the support of the College of Liberal Arts. 

In regard to the twenty-eight thousand dollars asked for the main- 
tenance of the Normal College, it will be remembered that the Normal 
College of Miami University receives but one one-hundredth of a mill, 
which is one one-half hundredth of a mill less than that granted to the 
Normal College of Ohio University. The one one-hundredth of a mill, 
on an estimated valuation of the. taxable property of the State of Ohio of 
two billion two hundred millions dollars, will yield us for the support of 
the Normal College twenty-two thousand dollars. We shall need the 
twenty-eight thousand dollars asked for in the general appropriation bill, 
in addition to this amount, and it will hardly be denied by those who are 
familiar with the requirements of Normal College training, that fifty 
thousand dollars is a small sum for this great work. The need of a Nor- 
mal College building is imperative, if the teachers of our state are to 
have the training they need to teach intelligently the children in our pub- 
lic schools. One hundred and fifty thousand dollars is a modest sum for 
a building of this sort, and is less than half the amount used by other 
states in the construction of buildings for similar purposes. The Normal 
College Dormitory is absolutely necessary for the proper housing of our 
young lady students. It has been repeatedly declared that Ohio has been 
behind other states in providing professional training for her teachers, 
and now that the work has finally been undertaken, we cannot afford to 
have it any poorer than the best. 

In reference to the appropriation for sewage connection, it ought to 
be said that the State Board of Health has condemned the present pri- 
vate sewage disposal plant of Miami University, and that this amount 
will be required to connect the Institution with the sewage system of the 
town of Oxford, thus guaranteeing to us safe, sanitary conditions. 

Trusting that you will recommend these appropriations to the favor- 


able consideration of the approaching session of the General Assembly of 
the State of Ohio, I have the honor to subscribe myself, 

Your obedient servant, 

Guy Potter Benton, 
President of Miami University. 
Executive Offices, 

Miami University, 

Oxford Ohio, November 30th, 1907. 




State of Ohio — Regular Appropriation $48,616 40 

State of Ohio — Normal College Appropriation 19,731 41 

State of Ohio Maintenance Appropriation 9,355 03 

$77,702 84 

Rentals and Penalty thereon $5,876 50 

Incidental Fees $7 , 815 50 

Special Fees 2,672 94 

Room Rents 6,538 40 

$17,026 84 

Interest 27 16 

Sundries 61 81 

State of Ohio — Appropriation for Heating Plant $19,436 85 

State of Ohio — Appropriation for Lighting Plant 5,510 00 

State of Ohio — Appropriation for Auditorium 26,472 21 

$51,419 06 

Sundry Deposits by Students 63 00 

Total $152, 177 21 

Which funds have been deposited as follows : 

Oxford National Bank $150,508 03 

Cincinnati Trust Co. . 3% interest 1 , 669 18 

G. A. McSurely. Treasurer. 


Salaries of President and Faculty $58,090 00 

Salaries Administrative 4,825 00 

Salaries Engineer and Janitors 3,865 00 

■ $66,780 00 

Building Repairs and Supplies $3,898 65 

Coal 3,096 28 

Commencement Expense 704 00 

Electric Light 1,328 07 

Care of Grounds 1,743 72 

Incidentals 1 , 264 25 

"Miami Student" 200 00 

Medical Examiner 200 00 

Library 1 , 264 82 

Model School 776 15 

Printing and Advertising 0,417 31 

Summer School 6 , 937 59 

Taxes and Insurance 616 70 

Trustees' Mileage and per Diem 454 80 

University Inn 208 11 

Special Teachers' Term 150 < 00 

Incidentals— Normal College 2,283 64 

Hepburn Hall — Entertainments and Repairs 538 24 

President's Contingent Fund 1 , 971 67 

President's Traveling Expense 910 95 

Dean Normal College Traveling Expense 197 81 


Alumni Secretary's Traveling Expense 394 75 

Water 796 30 

Library Committee 56 05 

$36,409 «6 

Construction of Heating Plant '. $19,280 55 

Construction of Lighting Plant 5,510 00 

Construction of Auditorium 26,472 21 

• $51,262 76 

Department of Agriculture $277 14 

Department of Athletics 647 15 

Department of Biology 288 16 

Department of Botany 619 12 

Department of Chemistry 2,074 07 

Department of Geology 83 00 

Department of Gymnasium 224 80 

Department of Manual Training 1,044 55 

Department of Mathematics 115 00 

Department of Music 641 61 

Department of Natural History 493 21 

Department of Physics 1,278 10 

Department of Training 124 74 

Department of Practice and Observation School 294 06 

Department of Normal Mathematics 61 24 

$8,266 85 

Total $162,719 47 

Geo. S. Bishop, Secretary. 
Fixed Assets and Liabilities — 

Irreducible Stock in Lands and Lots $104,747 98 

Real Estate and Buildings ' 392,300 00 

Furniture and Equipment. . . 117,871 34 

Permanent Investment $614,919 32 

Current Assets and Liabilities — 

Due from State of Ohio — Regular Appropriation... £25,436 63 
Due from State of Ohio — Normal College Appro- 
priation 11,69184 

Due from State of Ohio — Special Appropriations 42,695 79 

Bills Receivable 3,051 02 

Cash on Deposit Oxford National Bank 1,553 28 

Cash on Deposit Cincinnati Trust Co., 3% interest.. 1,669 18 

Cash on Deposit Certificate Oxford National Bank.. 7,963 13 
Cash on Deposit Oxford Building & Loan Associa- 
tion. President's Cash Fund, Bishop Prize 

Fund 478 27 

Cash on Deposit Treasurer's Cash Fund 50 00 

Chemistry Breakage Deposits 465 03 

Key Deposits 63 00 

Board Public Affairs, Oxford, Ohio 455 35 

Stock of Hooven, Owen, Rentschler Co 500 00 

Income Accounts — 

Land and Lot Rentals $2,580 45 

Incidental Fees 3,594 00 

.\. lAAli UNIVERSITY. 9 

Room Rent Hepburn Hall 1,849 50 

Room Rem Men's Dormitories 950 ')U 

Speeial Fees Biology 77 00 

Speeial Fees Botany 81 00 

Speeial Fees Chemistry -'500 00 

Speeial F( e> Dipl< mas 272 00 

Special Fees Manual Training 1 25 

Speeial Fees Physics 14 00 

Special Fees Registration 89 25 

.A 1 iscellaneous Income 22 05 

Funds and Appropriations — 

General Fund . 3,830 53 

Normal College Fund 31,269 16 

Library Endowment Fund 7 , 963 1*3 

Bishop Prize Fund 478 27 

McFarland Prize Fund 502 50 

Appropriation for Salaries of President and Faculty 42,031 66 

Appropriation Administrative Salaries 2,916 66 

Appropriation Engineers and Janitors 2,575 00 

Building Repairs and Supplies 257 58 

Coal 1,392 89 

Commencement Expense 92 45 

Electric Light 903 67 

Care of Grounds 57 15 

Incidentals 109 '30 

"Miami Student" 200 00 

Medical Examiner 200 00- 

Library 1,211 U 

Model School 973 85 

Printing and Advertising 621 76 

Summer School 41 

Taxes and Insurance 191 1 1 

Trustees' Mileage and per Diem 145 20 

Incidentals — Normal College 715 77 

Hepburn Hall — Entertainments and Repairs 585 73 

Isolation Hospital 100 00' 

President's Contingent Fund > 867 16 

President's Traveling Expense 491 03 

Dean Normal College Traveling Expense 230 C6 

Alumni Secretary's Traveling Expense 259 16 

Department of Agriculture 222 8& 

Department of Athletics 618 80 

Department of Biology 205 50 

Department of Botany '. 330 02 

Department of Chemistry 620 89 

Department of Geology 117 00 

Department of Gymnasium 294 48 

Department of German 75 00 

Department of Manual Training 48 34 

Department of Mathematics 172 50 

Department of Music 258 39 

Department of Natural History 99 98 


Department of Physics (JIG 22 

Department of Training 175 99 

Construction of Heating and Lighting Plant 4,161 dO 

Construction of Auditorium 38,527 79 

Totals $741,732 97 $741,732 97 


ENDING NOVEMBER 15th, 1907. 
Received from : — 

Rents on Lands $5 , 876 50 

Fees from Students 19,488 44 

Room Rents 6,538 40 

Sundries 151 97 

State of Ohio : — 

Regular M. U. Levy $48,616 40 

Regular Normal Levy 19,73141 

''Maintenance" Appropriation 9,355 03 

$77,702 84 

Heating Plant $19,436 85 

Lighting Plant 5,510 00 

Auditorium 26,472 21 

51,419 06 

$152,177 21 

Balance November 15, 1906 13,814 72 

Total to be accounted for $165,991 93 

Paid out : — 

Salaries — 

President and Faculty $58,090 00 

Administration 4,825 00 

Engineers and Janitors 3,865 00 

Maintenance (Items in detail given in other report). 36,409 86 

Construction of Buildings — 

Heating Plant $19,280 55 

Lighting Plant '. 5,510 00 

Auditorium 26,472 21 

Support of Departments (Items given in detail in 

other report) 8,266 85 

$162,719 47 

Balance November 15, 1907 $3,272 46 

Respectfully submitted, 

Geo. S. Bishop, Secretary. 

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